This is a step by step tutorial on how I made a hanging wall art using the Ciao Bella’s Rice Paper – Dancing Butterfly. You can find this, and other rice paper, in ASC Supplies’ Esty shop. This rice paper is unlike any other in that it is durable and doesn’t tear easy. Also, they have some absolutely beautiful papers. It took me two days to make this piece and I struggled a little with adding the chain, but I really like how it turned out.
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ASC Supply List for the written tutorial project:Bo Bunny Whisper Stencil Paste – 4-104
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
Flat paint brush
Art Glitter GlueMod PodgeWhite Gesso
Medium Sand Paper
Random stencil from my stash
Apple Barrel Paint – Snow White (Walmart)
Apple Barrel Paint – Apricot (Walmart)
Folk Art Metallic – Sterling Silver (Walmart)
TONIC STUDIOS Nuvo Mica Mist -Nebula Blue
Various types of flowers and leaves
Flat back pearls – black
Steampunk buttons from Walmart
Distress Oxide Ink – Black Soot
Silver chain and jump rings
Ranger Reinker Archival Ink – Jet BlackStep One: I decided against sanding down the rectangle and square pieces because I wanted the edges to have a rough look. But, If you prefer a smooth edge, you can take some fine sand paper and sand the edges. I went ahead and painted the edges and the tops of all four pieces with white Gesso, so that the following two layers of paint would sit on the top of the gesso layer and not bleed into the wood. I didn’t want to have to paint multiple layers.
Step Two: After the gesso dried I painted the sides and fronts of each piece with the Apricot paint and let dry.
Step Three: Once the apricot layer was dry I painted the edges and fronts of each piece with the Snow White paint and let that dry.
Step Four: When I was positive that all of the layers were dry I took the medium sand paper and gently started sanding each piece so the the apricot color just peaked out from behind the white.
Step Five: Next, I took a “DRY” flat paint brush and dry brushed the metallic silver paint across the sides and fronts of each piece.
Step Six: I laid down a stencil I chose from stash, you can really use whatever stencil you’d like. I took an art spatula and started spreading the stencil paste in random areas on each piece. I let this dry overnight and wiped off any excess from around the edges.
Step Seven: I took the rice paper and cut out the butterfly and the sentiment. The sentiment says “I danced on the music like a leaf carried by the wind”. I took the rest of the rice paper and started tearing it into pieces and randomly placed them on each piece where I thought I might want them to go.
Step Eight: Once I was satisfied with how the pieces of paper were laid out I started adhering them to the pieces with Modge Podge. Anything that was left over from when I tore the paper I used in various spots to kind of fill it in.
Step Nine: The tip on my Nuvo Mica Mist was clogged, so I just took it off and “splattered” the spray all over the four pieces. I really like the effect that came from this and I’m not sure that actually spraying it would’ve given me the result that splattering it did.
Step Ten: Once all of the layers were dry I took the distress ink and a blending tool and went around the edges of each piece. Next, I used Modge Podge dimensional to adhere each of the metal pieces down where I wanted. Then I took the archival ink refill bottle, dropped some on my glass mat, and spread that on each of the metal pieces with my finger to kind of subdue the brightness of the metal. When that was somewhat dry I sealed it on the metal with Modge Podge. I did this because the archival ink never really dried and I didn’t want it to rub off. Finally, the fun part; I placed flowers and leaves on each piece where I wanted. I took the Darice bling pieces and placed those where I wanted them on each piece and then glued down black flatback gems to fill in the empty looking spots.
Step Eleven: The wood plaque kit came with some brown jute twine, but I didn’t want to use that. I went into my jewelry making stash and pulled out some silver chain and jump rings. I cut 3″ sections to use to hang the square pieces from the rectangle piece and a long piece (I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it) to use to hang the finished piece. I secured each piece of chain with a jump ring. This was my least favorite part of this project because it took me forever to join each of the smaller pieces of chain with the jump ring, but I really like the overall look of the piece using the chain.
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